Training in the Bay Area…Hello San Francisco

First and foremost I deeply apologize for the hiatus. Life’s just gotten in the way but due to some recent jiu jitsu and life experiences it would be a disservice to not share them with everyone. San Franciso, the promise land, the place where even the most outrageous things don’t even get a second glance.  … Continue reading

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Autopilot

It has been weeks since I’ve last blogged but i can report several recent developments. First and foremost I’ve spent all of my free time preparing for my Amateur MMA debut this Saturday August 13 at Hardrock MMA 39.  I”m not exactly sure who my opponent will be because of weight class stuff but I do know that there are … Continue reading

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It’s ok to die in here

Saturday was the funeral and although it was incredible painful to bury our friend, it meant the world to spend the afternoon with everyone from the team.  We had three or four booths/tables filled at O’charleys.  There was a private reception at Kessinger’s family house after the funeral as well.  Promptly once everyone got their drinks … Continue reading

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A Tribute to the gentle giant Brandon Kessinger

On Tuesday night, July 5,2011, We lost a very dear member of our team.  Brandon Kessinger, the purple belt that I would often refer to as the “Gentle Giant” passed away, he was 30. Kessinger I will carry you with me every training session, every tournament, and especially this upcoming fight. You were always so supportive of … Continue reading

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Unbreak my heart

Tonight I had my first laugh…well my first really good one since I found out about Garic’s passing. I went to gi brazilian jiu jitsu tonight and thought I was prepared however as soon as I walked into the room I was overcome with emotions and began to cry quietly on the side of the mat for quite some time.  Once … Continue reading

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Yoga through the grief

–First and foremost. For those of you that want answers Garic Salmonowicz, was killed in a fatal accident Saturday June 18, 2011 morning.  He was driving southbound to Nashville from Bowling Green to pick up his partner from the airport. From what i understand he hydroplaned and some have said that if he had been … Continue reading

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There will be blood

  So I got to go to my first UFC fight and it was a lot of fun. UFC on Versus 3 was hosted in Louisville, Ky. (just an hour and a half away from us) so I ventured to the fights with my boyfriend and Brandon Kessinger, the fellow I commonly refer to as … Continue reading

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Empowering a wounded woman through the art of JiuJitsu

Jiu Jitsu can be uncomfortable to new women for many reasons, but one of the scenarios that many don’t even consider is what if that woman that’s freaking out from being pinned in mount had been an assault victim.  I’ve read many articles like this one, about how useful brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques are in attack … Continue reading

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One bad seed can ruin it for all of us

I’ve yet to see anyone touch upon this topic yet so I figured I’d go ahead and break the ice. One task that I did not expect to take on was having to distinguish myself from the girls that are there to seriously train and those that train  (or rather show up) with flirtatious intent. … Continue reading

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“There will be no crying on the mat…”

 I woke up this morning stiff, bruised, and downright exhausted.  I’m still mentally beat up from last night but another day another dollar (right? lol). In light of last nights events I will be doing some solo yoga this morning.  Oh but here’s a brief recap of the events that started out great…just as they … Continue reading

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